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Glenn Fleishman 2 comments

Become a Videoconferencing Pro with These Tips

Still feeling lost at sea when you have to meet with others by video? “Take Control of Zoom” author Glenn Fleishman shares a host of tips that can help you tune your setup and improve your confidence.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 5 comments

Eggtronic’s Power Bar Charges All Your Apple Devices

Eggtronic’s Power Bar cuts down on clutter by charging all your Apple mobile devices in one tidy location. It’s a power bank with a USB-C port for MacBook and iPad charging, and it has wireless charging pads for an iPhone, AirPods, and Apple Watch.

David Shayer 14 comments

Former Apple Engineer: Here’s Why I Trust Apple’s COVID-19 Notification Proposal

David Shayer, who has worked as a software engineer at Apple and other companies, explains Apple’s internal approach to privacy and contrasts it with other companies, all with an eye toward showing why we should trust the current draft of the COVID-19 exposure notification proposal from Apple and Google.

Dave Kitabjian 36 comments

ExactScan Might Be the ScanSnap Replacement You Need

The loss of the 32-bit ScanSnap Manager software has prevented users of Fujitsu’s older ScanSnap scanners from upgrading to macOS 10.15 Catalina. But ExactSCAN, third-party software that supports many ScanSnap devices, might provide a solution to this problem. Dave Kitabjian takes you through the pros and cons of this promising alternative.

Michael E. Cohen 1 comment

PDFpen 12 Compresses, Magnifies, and More

Version 12 of Smile's PDF-editing apps, PDFpen and PDFpenPro, include a new magnifier window, compression and optimization capabilities, new document stationery, a callout tool, and, for pro users, a new digital signature feature.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 6 comments

Two Affordable Standing Desks for Temporary Telecommuters

Office workers have left their fancy standing desks behind as they work out of their homes due to the pandemic. Luckily, low-cost alternatives exist. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tested two affordable tabletop computer stands.

Jeff Porten 2 comments

Timing 2 Helps Track and Manage Your Working Hours

Timing 2’s ability to watch which app you’re using, track your time, and categorize that data can help you manage and report your time. Jeff Porten reviews the app and provides strategies and tips for how to make it work for you.

Glenn Fleishman 34 comments

Videoconferencing Options in the Age of Pandemic

We will be spending a lot more time communicating with co-workers, friends, family, therapists, educators, and other people using video than ever before in the digital era. Which solutions best fit your needs?

Josh Centers 7 comments

Can’t Find a Webcam? Repurpose Your Wyze Cam

Webcams for videoconferencing have become hard to find, so Wyze has released a special firmware version that converts a Wyze Cam v2 or Wyze Cam Pan to a webcam.

Adam Engst 6 comments

Get “Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily” for Free

In an effort to help those who have suddenly been told to work from home, Take Control Books is giving away the new 55-page book, “Take Control of Working from Home Temporarily.” If you or anyone you know falls into that category, download a copy!

Josh Centers 1 comment

Apple’s Mac Pro Support Reportedly Lacking

AppleInsider reports on the troubles it had getting a new Mac Pro repaired, stumping both Apple phone support and Apple Store technicians.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 19 comments

Automate Window Positioning With macOS and Apps

Don’t waste precious time manually repositioning and resizing macOS windows. You can automate that task to a large extent using native macOS controls, and third-party utilities give you even more power. Julio Ojeda-Zapata looks at two of the top window-wrangling apps.

Adam Engst 11 comments

TipBITS: Google Drive Sorting Can Hide New Documents

If you rely on Google Drive for collaborative work, bear in mind that a hidden sort setting can cause new documents to fall to the bottom of the list of files in a folder where you might not think to look for them. Adam Engst suffered from this for a week before he discovered the solution.

Josh Centers 15 comments

One Switch: My New Must-Have Mac Utility

Would you like it if you could have toggles for Dark Mode, Do Not Disturb, Night Shift, screen lock, and more, all accessed from a single menu bar icon? Josh Centers recently discovered that the One Switch utility can do all that and more.

Josh Centers 7 comments

Squash Is a Fun Way to Compress Images

Image compression, fun? Realmac Software’s Squash manages to add a bit of joy to a dull class of utilities. Also, there are surprising differences between image compression apps.